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Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, has come into possession of a vital clue that may lead him to his ultimate goal: a cure for death. The path is vague, however, and certainly treacherous as it takes him into strange territories that, quite literally, no one has ever seen before. The task is too dangerous to venture upon alone, so he must seek assistance - comrades for the coming travails.
Assisted - ably and otherwise - by his vampiric brother, Horst, and by the kindly accompaniment of a criminologist and a devil, they will encounter ruins and diableries, mystery and murder, the depths of the lowest pit, and a city of horrors - London, to be exact.
Yet even though Cabal has risked such peril believing he understands the dangers he faces, he is still underestimating them. He is walking into a trap of such arcane complexity that even the one who drew him there has no idea of its true terrors. As it closes slowly and subtly around them, it may be that there will be no survivors at all.
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By Marianne on 05-07-17
One selfish plea
Let this not be the end. Mr. Howard has said he's not sure if the Cabal series will continue. This would be a wonderful and satisfying ending but dammit I want more!
I fell in love with Cabal with the first book and have been loyal ever since. I assure you I am not that guy. Though I love the genre I find most fantasy books tedious. I don't get wrapped up in characters and frankly I find short and good much preferable to long and tedious. Yet I want more.
It helps that Mr. Howard is a master of the language. He has a vocabulary that puts many to shame and knows how to use it. He is never short of a clever and impactful turn of phrase.
And I so enjoy a loveable bastard which Cabal epitomizes to the highest degree.
So get them all. As a bonus, the audio versions of all the books are amazingly well read.
So thus falls the House of Cabal. And here's to hoping for a rebuild.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Sires on 01-08-17
Funny, Morbid, Horrific and Entertaining
I began listening to the Johannes Cabal, neuromancer, novels a few years ago and unusually for me, I ended up listening to them in order. While I think that with the assistance of the author's voice at times, this works as a stand alone novel.
Johannes Cabal's much loved wife has been dead but preserved by his necromantic arts since before the first book. He has been seeking through the entire series something that would allow him to bring her back to life. Now he thinks he has found a solution and takes off accompanied by his brother, Horst, a gentlemanly vampire that Cabal had wronged early on; the devil succubus Zarenyia, part woman and part spider with whom Cabal had earlier made a pact; a criminologist who Johannes met in the first novel, when he and Horst were running a traveling carnival and a witch.
I stayed up late to finish this occasionally startling the dog and cats by laughing out loud as the story spins on to its satisfying end. I have my fingers crossed that this will not be the last I see of these characters.
Narrator is Nicholas Guy Smith who has narrated most of the Johannes Cabal books and short stories and he, as alwaysl, does a stand out job.
I don't give a full five stars frequently but this book deserves it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful